Phil found another swarm near Foothill and Sunnyside area. John and I had just suited up when I had to go deal with another swarm downtown. Sandy called John to tell me that Charles had told her that there was a swarm in Jay’s garden. Such is the way of communicating the location of a swarm to a beekeeper. John and Phil handled the first one and I drove downtown to meet Sandy and catch the other one. It was about 8 feet off the ground in an apricot tree. I brushed the bees into a cardboard box that I then taped to the tree. I returned to the garden at 6:00 am Saturday morning, scooped up the remaining coffee-cup-sized clump of bees on the branch into a plastic bag, taped the door to the cardboard box shut and moved the whole shootin’ match over to the Harvard house. The bees have 5 frames in the cardboard box and they will be happy there for a week or so until we decide what to do with them.
Two More Swarms – Two Locations – Friday Evening